Jesus, Skepticism, and the Problem of History: Criteria and Context in the Study of Christian Origins
: In recent years, a number of New Testament scholars engaged in academic historical Jesus studies have concluded that such scholarship cannot yield secure and illuminating conclusions about its subject, arguing that the search for a historically "authentic" Jesus has...
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In recent years, a number of New Testament scholars engaged in academic historical Jesus studies have concluded that such scholarship cannot yield secure and illuminating conclusions about its subject, arguing that the search for a historically "authentic" Jesus has run aground.
Jesus, Skepticism, and the Problem of History brings together a stellar lineup of New Testament scholars who contend that historical Jesus scholarship is far from dead.
These scholars all find value in using the tools of contemporary historical methods in the study of Jesus and Christian origins. While the skeptical use of criteria to fashion a Jesus contrary to the one portrayed in the Gospels is methodologically unsound and theologically unacceptable, these criteria, properly formulated and applied, yield positive results that support the Gospel accounts and the historical narrative in Acts. This book presents a nuanced and vitally needed alternative to the skeptical extremes of revisionist Jesus scholarship that, on the one hand, uses historical methods to call into question the Jesus of the Gospels and, on the other, denies the possibility of using historical methods to learn about Jesus.
Darrell L.Bock (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Professor of Spiritual Development and Culture (CCL) at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Bock has earned international recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tubingen University in Germany).He is the author or editor of many books, including the two-volume commentary on Luke and the volume on Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series), Jesus according to Scripture, The Missing Gospels, Jesus in Context, and Studying the Historical Jesus.
- N. T. Wright
- Part One: The Value Of New Testament Historical Studies
- 1. Does The Quest For The Historical Jesus Still Hold Any Promise?
- Craig L. Blomberg
- 2. The Historical Jesus And The Biblical Church: Why The Quest Matters
- Robert M. Bowman Jr. And J. Ed Komoszewski
- Part Two: The Gospels And The Historical Jesus
- 3. New Testament Textual Criticism And Criteria Of Authenticity In Historical Jesus Research
- Daniel B. Wallace
- 4. Memory, Witness, And The Historical Jesus
- Robert K. Mciver
- 5. Oral Tradition And The Reliability Of The Jesus Tradition
- Paul R. Eddy
- 6. [chapter On A Key Event In The Life Of Jesus: Title Tbd]
- Beth Sheppard
- 7. The Historicity Of The Gospel Miracles Of Jesus
- Craig S. Keener
- 8. The Task Of Deriving “historical Pharisees” From The Gospel Of Matthew
- Jeannine Brown
- 9. Jesus Remarks Before The Sanhedrin: Blasphemy Or Hope Of Exaltation?
- Darrell L. Bock
- 10. [chapter On The Gospel Of Mark: Title Tbd]
- Elizabeth Shively
- 11. The Fourth Quest: John, Jesus, And History
- Paul N. Anderson
- 12. Jesus’ Burial: Archaeology, Authenticity, And History
- Craig A. Evans And Greg Monette
- 13. Resurrection, Criteria, And The Demise Of Postmodernism
- Michael R. Licona
- Part Three: The Book Of Acts And Christian Origins
- 14. Social Memory In Acts
- Michael F. Bird And Ben Sutton
- 15. External Validation Of The Chronology In Acts
- Ben Witherington Iii
- Final Thoughts
- Afterword: Two Responses
- Larry W. Hurtado And Nicholas Perrin
- Darrell L. Bock